International HIV/AIDS prevention and research pioneer Joep Lange to receive posthumous Ryan White Distinguished Leadership Award

Oct. 13, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention (RCAP) will present the 2015 Ryan White Distinguished Leadership Award to Joep Lange, M.D., Ph.D., on October 14, 2014 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Dr. Lange was professor of medicine and head of the Department of Global Health at the University of Amsterdam and was a passenger on the Malaysian Airlines Flight ML 17 that tragically crash in eastern Ukraine, July 17, 2014.

“Dr. Lange was a world-renowned leader in HIV/AIDS prevention and the architect of several pivotal trails on antiretroviral therapy and the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV in both the developed and developing countries. The world lost a pioneer and ‘giant’ in global efforts to combat AIDS; certainly he is a worthy recipient of the prestigious Ryan White Distinguished Leadership Award,” said Dr. William L. Yarber, RCAP senior director.

Dr. Lange published more than 400 papers in peer-reviewed journals and guided more than 30 doctoral students. Not only was he a scientist and clinician, he advocated for affordable AIDS medication to African countries. Dr. Yarber and Jeanne White Ginder, Ryan’s mother, will present the award to Dr. Lange’s family at an internationally-attended academic forum on HIV/AIDS conducted in honor of Dr. Lange.

Former recipients of the Ryan White Distinguished Leadership Award include former U. S. Surgeon Generals David Satcher, MD, and C. Everett Koop, M.D., Sc.D., James Curran, M.D., of the Rollins School Public Health at Emory University, and Jeanne White Ginder.

RCAP is housed in the Department of Applied Health Science, Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington.

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